Martin Zandvliet's postwar drama "Land of Mine" opens the Toronto Film Festival's inaugural Platform competition, and another world premiere is Rúnar Rúnarsson's "Sparrows." Read on for the full Danish line-up and background stories.
10. September 2015
As the Toronto Film Festival opens the doors to its 40th anniversary edition, a number of Danish films and co-productions will be part of the programme, taking off Thursday 10 September:
Land of Mine in Platform
Martin Zandvliet's "Land of Mine," which scrutinizes a dark chapter in Danish WWII history, is the opening film of the festival's brand new auteur competition, Platform. The film – Zandvliet's third after "Applause" and "A Funny Man," both selected for Toronto – celebrates its world premiere in Toronto's spectacular, 1400-seat Elgin Theatre, with a screening followed by a Q&A on 10 September at 5 p.m.
Following "Volcano" from 2011, Rúnar Rúnarsson's second feature "Sparrows" world premieres in Contemporary World Cinema, Toronto's section for art-house films from around the globe. Shot in Rúnarsson's home country of Iceland, the film is the story of young Ari who moves back, against his will, to his father and to his childhood village where everything has changed. First screening is Friday 11 September at 9.30 p.m.
Anders Thomas Jensen's black comedy "Men & Chicken" with Mads Mikkelsen and David Dencik playing two odd-ball brothers will be celebrating its North American premiere in Toronto. The film is selected for the Vanguard section dedicated to storytelling with a twist, with its first public screening on Monday 14 September at 9 p.m.
Yaelle Kayam's Israeli-Danish "Mountain" is co-produced by Riina Spørring Zachariassen for Windelov/Lassen. Playing right now at the Venice Film Festival, the film will be meeting its first North American audience in the Toronto Film Festival's Discovery section.
These Danish co-productions are also part of TIFF 2015, with links to the festival's factsheets:
Louder Than Bombs by Joachim Trier / Special Presentation Rams by Grímur Hákonarson / Contemporary World Cinema Horizon by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Bergur Bernburg / TIFF Docs 7 Sheep by Wiktoria Szymanska / Short Cuts
Eva Jacobsen in Producers Lab
Eva Jacobsen, whose producing credits include the two first films about superhero "Antboy", is selected as one of 24 producers to take part in Producers Lab Toronto 2015, organised by European Film Promotion.
Read about filmmakers and films in our magazine FILM issued in connection with September's festivals in Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian and Austin, including screening times and an extensive film catalogue: dfi.dk/film